How Twitter Helped Free a Hostage in Afghanistan

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Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan, is surrounded by the media after safely arriving at the Kansai international airport in Osaka, Japan on September 6, 2010

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For five months, freedom never seemed fully tangible for Kosuke Tsuneoka. Leave it to social networking to break the brazen barricade of Taliban captivity.

Back in late June, circumstances looked bleak for the kidnapped Japanese journalist. After his April abduction in northern Afghanistan, Tsuneoka was on the brink of death. Despite militants keeping rations high and violence low, the AP reports that certain demands had him sitting hours away from a potential execution.

But good fortune was on Tsuneoka’s side. After surviving those near-death fears, he learned that his Taliban abductors had an affinity for technology, including a host of junior members craving cell-phone access to Al-Jazeera.

That’s when Tsuneoka made a life-saving suggestion. The journalist converted his camp of captors to Twitter, using it as a nexus to inform the rest of the world that he was alive. Days later, he was released.

While the AP notes that Tsuneoka’s Muslim faith was a factor in his unharmed return to Japan, he stood freely before the Japanese media on Tuesday, quipping about his 140-characters-or-less treachery.

“I’m sure they never thought they were tricked,” he said via Tuesday’s news conference in Tokyo.

8 comments
aboutbebout
aboutbebout

P-ew is more like it.  Another new poll.   The young are only thinking of themselves today.  The straight ones, may seem more accepting, but not so much really.  The married gays are thinning the playing field,  leaving the singles behind under pressure to pair up.  There is an illusion of freedom and rights, but gays prior were much more happy and free before all the focus, and liberal litmus tests.

SeattleRexx
SeattleRexx

What's MORE shocking is that there are admitted Republicans under 30!! Who ARE these people?? Must be the spawn of Romney, Cheney and, maybe, the Bush Twins... Hardly a "voting block" to reckon with. The evolution of marriage equality nationwide is a product of simple personal identification, people know people who are gay and they got married- period.

D_Coder
D_Coder

Just remember what the Bible says: one man, one woman. Or two, or three, but at most four. Plus concubines on the side.

jmac
jmac

The  young Republicans who support gay marriage unfortunately doesn't offset the young Republicans who swallow the  supply-side-AynRand-capitalism-uber-allas-no-regulations -no-taxes-to-pay-the-bills young Republicans.    

aztecian
aztecian

there are young reich wingers?  who are you kidding?  what ten in total.  the GOPee is the party of the old whiteman.